In 2015, CICLOPE Festival returns to Kino International, one of the most legendary theaters in East Berlin.
Formally inaugurated in 1963, it was the main theater for premieres in the GDR. Until 1989, multiple films produced by the DEFA (the state-owned film studio) held their premieres there, and it was a venue of various Eastern European film festivals.
Today, Kino International is used by many filmmakers for premieres due to the theater’s ambience, and is one of the venues of the Berlinale. In July 2012, the Berlin Senate proposed Kino International, as part of the former Stalin Allee, for inclusion in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.